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DNR partners with combat vets and firefighters to prep community for wildfire

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

The Washington DNR and members of the Veterans Community Response group were out in the community of Four Mounds in Spokane County working to clear wildfire fuels

"We are thinning trees that are 8 inches, and under then we are pruning them up we are elevating ladder fuels, and we are taking away the fires ability to go tree to tree all the way to the structure." Said DNR Landowner Assistance Forester Nick Jeffries.

By thinning the forested areas around the community, it's creating a healthier forest and reducing the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. Crews also brought in a dumpster for homeowners so they could toss any trash that could also be considered wildfire fuel.

Helping nick and the homeowner who also is a Navy veteran are members of the veteran community response group “So the DNR teamed up with VCR about four to five months ago. We started with a very intense training regiment and taught them how to use chainsaws, what tree species were, what is fuels reduction, and how it works.”

The goal of VCR is to respond to a community in a time of disaster or need. The VCR is a non-profit organization that is pulling combat vets back into the community and allowing them to find comradery with other veterans “This is a good way. You know its vets helping other vets everyone has a common understanding of what you've gone through common experiences and so its good to get guys out, and this is the first step get out with some other vets and do some good for the community," said Operations Director for VCR Disaster Response Michael Patterson.

For more information about the Veterans Community Response, group Click Here.

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